Winning the hearts and minds of America

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WASHINGTON, October 4, 2013 — Progressive pundits of the press have for years heralded the dissolution and demise of the Right. These elites excel in self-preservation, holding the public line in grim phalanx, but will not tell the truth. They cannot be honestly unaware, else their lies would not be so counter to what is real.

Think Americans apathetic, unconnected, asleep? Brainwashed zombies, regurgitating ‘news’?

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As a former Progressive activist, I attended events, trainings, seminars and leadership conferences. Over the decades, as the scales fell away from my eyes, I became a staunch Constitutionalist. But until recently, Progessives still suffered my presence at their pow-wows. No longer.

From my home in hard-coal country in Pennsylvania, in a radius of a hundred miles and more, I have made the trek to many patriot meetings as well, especially over the past six months. The area contains over five million people. Is there a difference in the makeup and milieu of the two opposing populist forces that seek to run America? You bet there is. Are the differences telling? Starkly so.

Numbers are dropping on the Progressive side. Smaller membership at meetings, pitifully small turnout for public events. Political speech is degrading to name-calling and obscenity. They scream racist, sexist, nasty words that were once the very ideas they professed to fight against. They are a caricature.

Patriot attendance is swelling. Never less than 100 people attended every event I went to this year, even in the rural hinterlands. Debate is rigorous, well-informed, and polite. Near-spontaneous uprisings spring up everywhere. Public protests are peaceful. They leave things cleaner than when they arrived!

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The splendid and varied nature of participants formerly found in Progressive circles is narrowing. You find less young folks, old folks, whites, less religious believers. There is less diversity of opinion tolerated, more outright hostility directed within the ranks from the inner circles. As they proclaim outreach and inclusion, they hypocritically purge and persecute any who vary a whit from the official narrative.

That used to be the case for patriot groups, as well. What made it even worse was a narrowness, a rank mistrust and unwillingness to work with other groups who did not share dedication to specific devotion. Coordination on the right used to be close to impossible. It was a circular firing-squad.

But that is changing rapidly. Under the aegis of umbrella organizations, partnerships and coalitions with specific goals and tasks are proving their effectiveness. No one is asked for blanket trust. No one is pressured to provide membership, contact or donor lists. All are reminded of the need for unity if we mean to win. They are given information and asked for active intelligence about issues. They share campaigns. They help one another, in (if I may steal a term back from the Progs), common cause.

While the makeup of some patriot meetings may seem skewed, they reflect the demographics of the communities they come from. Older white folks at one meeting, middle aged and mixed at the next. At a pro-life dinner in Philadelphia last Friday, I noted that participants were almost half-black, half-white, with significant numbers of asians and hispanics. There were the well-heeled and the working poor. Ages ranged about evenly from infants to the elderly. Religious representatives from most denominations predominant in Philly and surrounding suburbs were there.

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Indeed, if any efforts of the Left have had recent success, it is only because they have chosen to ally themselves with their former enemies of the Right. Loss of Constitutional rights are starting to bring them around. They finally hear the alarm bells of tyranny, and realize that the bell tolls for them, too.

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Daniel Martin Gray

Daniel Martin Gray is a former Progressive who saw the light, turning from the dark side over decades, to become a Constitutionalist. His family that remained in Europe was nearly wiped out by the Holocaust. They refused to believe that tyranny could happen there. He sees America marching “Forward” on that same road, exactly as our Founders warned us against.


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